Begun in 1982, the William Louis Poteat Scholarship program honors one of the university’s most prominent historical figures. William Louis Poteat, a devout Baptist, was a professor of biology, president of the college from 1905-1927, and a widely recognized champion of the freedom of inquiry. These scholarships strengthen Wake Forest’s traditional relationship with its Baptist heritage and the state of North Carolina.
The William Louis Poteat Scholarship is awarded to up to twenty entering needy and worthy first-year students who are active members of a North Carolina Baptist church. The award is based upon excellent academic achievement, promise of leadership, and involvement in one’s church, and recipients must show promise of making a significant contribution to church and society. The Poteat Scholarship is a competitive need-based scholarship. Applicants should complete both the CSS Profile and the FAFSA by January 1, so that need may be determined before the selection process is complete.
Applicants for the Poteat Scholarship must submit a letter of recommendation form completed by a church member by January 1 to the William Louis Poteat Scholarship Officer, Wake Forest University, PO Box 7309, Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7309. Finalists are notified by the end of March.